More than one hundred years after the beginning of its construction, Antonio Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia is entering a new building stage, according to Jordi Fauli, the chief architect of this project. Ninety years after Gaudi’s accidental death, his iconic building is entering the process of being finished, following his design. Two years ago, the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, the church’s official foundation, has released a video showing an animated render of the building, undergoing the completion of all its towers.
In 1926, the year of Antonio Gaudi’s death, less than a quarter of the building had been finished, and only in 2010 the construction has reached the midpoint of its completion. In the same year it had an organ installed, which made it suitable ”to be used for religious services”, and it was consecrated as a minor basilica.
Although the initial Gaudi’s plans were destroyed in a fire, his follower and collaborator Domènec Sugrañes was able to recreate the original design of the project, and his drawings were further used as references for the architects and builders. With 18 tower, each of it having different heights, according to the hierarchy of the personaje it was dedicated to, the church is expected, upon its completion, to become the highest religious building in Europe.
The towers are estimated to be finished by 2026, in order to celebrate one hundred years from the death of its creator, but the work might take a few more years, in order to finish all the decoration pieces. Although it is far from being complete, Sagrada Familia is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, along with six other Gaudi buildings, as a praise for “Gaudí’s exceptional creative contribution to the development of architecture and building technology”. The construction is funded from private resources, donations and fees collected from tourists.
By Cristina Juc